Half-Way to St. Patrick’s Day March
The Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Parade Club will host our annual Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day March beginning at Noon, Friday October 19, 2018 beginning on the steps in front of Jackson Square near 768 Decatur St. and parading throughout the French Quarter.
For more information visit: https://www.irishchannelno.org/calendar/
What To Expect
There will be music floats, thousands of attendees, and a very lively Irish feeling in the air as we get closer to next year’s Irish Channel Parade. This march may be our most attended one yet with a large Irish convention in town called the Irish Network. A special Irish Channel ceremony will proceed the march on those Decatur St. steps at Noon. The 2019 Man-of-the-Year, and Grand Marshal will be present. The march is expected to end around 4:00 p.m.
About The Organizer
The Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Committee was organized in the Irish Channel in 1947. The current president of the organization is Richard (Dick) Burke, Jr. (son and nephew of two of the organizers; Dick and Paul Burke). Despite the years of decline and change in the “Channel,” the organization has survived and this year, plans to parade with the largest membership ever (fourteen hundred plus). The organization credits its survival to their deep, strong roots. While the top root is Irish Heritage, many of it’s members feel an even stronger bond, just being from or associated with, the Irish Channel. Most people are aware of the pre-parade mass, followed by the parade up Magazine Street with hundreds of men in formal attire. This year the parade will be held on March 11, 2017, the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day. In recent years, the organization’s activities have greatly expanded to include supporting such fund-raisers as Special Olympics; the Chrones Benefit Golf Tournament for Chrones Research; The Chefs’ Charity of St. Michael’s Special School; distribution of Thanksgiving food baskets and active support of The Friends of St. Alphonsus; a dedicated group that has transformed the former church into a vital cultural center while in the progress of restoring the art, stained glass windows and physical premises to its original magnificence. Since 1978 the members have worn with great pride, commemorative medallions honoring Father Seelos, St. Alphonsus Church, St. Patrick’s Church and St. Michael’s Special School, and the Irish Harp.